Ten Second Takeaway
From 20th to 31st August, Dastkar has organised a crafts bazaar where all traditional crafts from the deserts of Rajasthan and Gujarat have come together.
What’s for desert?
Handwoven woollen stoles, home linen and Ajrakhi prints; Desert Crafts is a melee of traditional crafts coming together with the concept of promoting artisans who dwell in the desert. Craftspeople from the great Indian desert will be showcasing their wares; everything from home decor items to shoes and apparel. We are looking forward to the home linen collection by the Vankar weavers from Kutch, as well as the cotton wear by weavers from Rajasthan.
A mental block
We love block prints and tie dyes as much as breezy cotton wear. Desert Crafts has brought the two together in the block-printing techniques of Ajrakh and Dabu, after having being given a contemporary twist by craftsmen-designers. You’ll also find some surreal and intricate appliqué and patchwork in the home linen and apparel collections. The languishing craft of tangaliya is also being revived this time at the bazaar.
Fun and food-ing
Collectors, look out for the wooden toys and puzzles as well as miniature paintings from Rajathan. We also hear that exquisite lipan mud and mirror decorative items will be available, along with blue and black terracotta pottery, for those looking to buy. Apart from the shopping, Desert Crafts also has a food court that is serving a variety of regional food and beverages. Look out for some folk dance and music performances if you’re going for a look-see during the weekend.
Where: Nature Bazaar, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh
Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur
Price: INR 20 entry fee
Timings: 11am – 8pm
Contact: 011 26808633/ 5948; email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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